Health targets – 2013/14 quarter two – results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments

Shorter Stays Health target result summary

The target: The target is 95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) within six hours. The target is a measure of the efficiency of flow of acute (urgent) patients through public hospitals, and home again. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: National performance in the Shorter stays in emergency departments target increased by 1.7 percent to 94.3 percent this quarter.  This is the highest national performance since the target began in July 2009 and a 0.9 percent improvement on quarter two 2012/13. Twelve DHBs met the 95 percent target.

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Improved access to elective surgery

Elective surgery health targets result table

The target: The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by at least 4000 discharges per year.  Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved, with 79,785 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 76,231 discharges.  This is 3554 (5 percent) more than planned. Sixteen DHBs achieved their quarter two target.  Seven of these are 5 percent or more ahead of their target.

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Shorter waits for cancer treatment

Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target results

The target: The target is all patients, ready-for-treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Six regional cancer centre DHBs provide radiation oncology services. These centres are in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Medical oncology services are provided by the majority of DHBs.

Results summary: All DHBs achieved the Shorter waits for cancer treatment health target in quarter two 2013/14.

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Increased immunisation

Increased immunisation health target results

The target: The national immunisation target is 90 percent of eight-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at six weeks, three months and five months on time by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned eight-months between October and December 2013 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The July 2014 Increased immunisation health target has been achieved again this quarter. The eight-month national immunisation coverage for quarter two remained at 91 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent on quarter one. Fifteen DHBs have achieved the target with at least 90 percent of eight-month-olds fully immunised.

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Better help for smokers to quit

Better help for smokers to quit health target results

The target: The target is 95 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care, are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The Better help to smokers to quit hospital health target was achieved for the fifth consecutive quarter with a result of 95.3 percent which is a 0.8 percent decrease on the result for quarter one. Fourteen DHBs met the 95 percent target.

Results for the Better help to smokers to quit primary care target shows national performance has increased to 66.5 percent, compared with 60.5 percent last quarter. One DHB met the target and 15 DHBs have improved by 2 percent or more.

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More heart and diabetes checks

More heat and diabetes checks health target results

The target: This target is 90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years to be achieved by July 2014. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national quarter two result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 73.2 percent, an increase of 4.0 percent on last quarter’s final result. No DHBs have yet met the target but 15 DHBs have improved by 2 percent or more.

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